A Unique Production Experiment
Originally conceived as Terry Osterhout's no-budget
full-length directorial debut, Digital Fantastique decided to embark
upon an interesting endeavor - a collaborative video production
culled from footage submitted by digital video artists seeking broader
exposure and the opportunity to collaborate in a unique manner not
possible (or at least economically feasible) via conventional filmmaking
processes. Hybrid is therefore both an open production experiment,
and a film.
Medical students discover one of their professors
is bringing back the dead, and that they are mutating into a breed
of super-zombies who crave human blood. Their attempts to expose
the professor come too late, as the zombies quickly infiltrate society.
These are not your typical undead, as these blue-skinned zombies
seek the same things they did when they were alive: sex, drugs,
and the other forms of stimulation we all crave, and, well, human
blood too. These zombies have every intention of going about their
"normal" lives, but their blood lust proves problematic
both for them and the humans that want to stop them.
Create a five to ten minute segment interpreting
this premise in any fashion you like.
Here are the basic guidelines for interested contributors:
1. You have total creative freedom! There are no
creative rules, but we would love to see footage that is radically
different than anything filmed before. This project is intended
to be literally a hybrid of genres, ideas and filmmakers - a dark
fairy tale for adults. Have fun!
2. All footage must be submitted on mini DV tapes, shot with a digital
video camera with all contact information and cast crew credits
included. Echopraxia.org and Digital Fantastique Studios take no
responsibility for lost or damaged submissions.
3. Footage should not exceed 20 minutes and we reserve the right
to edit footage, but will communicate with the filmmaker before
releasing final cuts. If we are flooded with submissions, it is
our intention to include any unused scenes as extras on the DVD.
4. Use common sense and obey the law. If your scenes have nudity
or sex, please include appropriate documentation (i.e.; release
forms, proof of age) for any nude actors or actresses. We encourage
you to push the envelope, but don't do anything that is harmful
to yourselves or your actors or crews.
5. All footage becomes the property of Digital Fantastique Studios.
Upon receiving submissions, you will be sent a release from, which
will need to be signed and returned before we can use the footage.
The contract will basically say you grant us the right to use the
footage in the movie and its promotion; that you will be fully credited
and promoted; and that you also have the right to continue to use
your own footage any way you wish. You essentially retain the rights
and ownership of your creative properties, but you will allow its
unlimited inclusion in the movie "HYBRID." If you decide
you don't agree with the contract, don't sign it or contact us,
and your footage will not be used.
The Bottom Line
This is an experiment and we don't expect to
profit from this. Any money made will be put back into the collective
and the next collaboration. We are seeking to create a movie with
many different styles and perspectives, featuring interesting actors
and locations. You won't get paid, but you will get to be a part
of something that has never been done before, and get significant
exposure at the same time. Get your friends together, and shoot
something fun and send it in. The cast and crew of each scene used
will be credited by segment, and we hope to include commentary tracks
and behind the scenes footage in the DVD release. All contributors
will receive a copy of the DVD. All included and interested filmmakers
will be invited to develop a follow-up project in 2003, for which
we intend to develop a payment system. We think this is the beginning
of something big - a network for independent filmmakers that will
empower us and bring our community together. I am very excited about
this project and the unlimited possibilities of digital video production.
I can't wait to hear from you and see what you have in mind.
Questions? Contact Terry
Use the subject line "HYBRID SUBMISSIONS"
MAIL FOOTAGE TO:
Digital Fantastique Studios
704 Old Farm Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
echopraxia.org takes no responsibility for Digital
Fantastique and it's ventures, projects or communications.
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a friend in California for digital video
footage of palm trees and ocean, while
you are shooting your digital video production
in the freezing Midwest in mid-winter.
The possibilities digital video has afforded
us are limitless.